Tricks, Turns and Acro Workshop: Older Ones Dancing

Once the older students finished their tumbling time, and Ms. Erica was done working with the younger ladies, she came over to spend some time teaching the more experienced group.

They too started off at the bar stretching their backs.

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Everyone came out to the middle of the floor and spread out in pairs next, to stretch their arms and chest.

First Ms. Erica demonstrated with one student.

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Having seen what to do, everyone took turns stretching their arms with their buddy.

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Everyone also did some leg stretches.

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Once everybody was stretched out again, it was time to work on their scorpion poses.

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Many of the ladies were flexible enough already that they could fully straighten their back legs.

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Some even pulled their legs all the way up to a spike.

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This was a workshop to LEARN of course, so it seems those who didn’t yet quite have the flexibility to hit those more advanced poses learned the most because Ms. Erica taught them how to stretch and work there way there eventually.

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So many pretty stretches!

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Just like the earlier class had done, they worked these poses as the bar first so that they could move them out into the center of the room next and try to spin them and combine them with acro tricks.

First, spins:  (The dancers at different levels had different way of holding their legs up while they turned.)

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Taking a break from spinning for the time being, everyone had a few tries as a very cool acro trick known as a spider.  To do this, the dancers roll from their knees, through a sort of back bend position, back over onto their knees again.  Very cool!

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Next, Ms. Erica asked everyone to try to get into an acro trick from the floor.

First they’d press up in a v-position and then from there do a front walkover or cartwheel.

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For the next challenge, Ms. Erica asked everyone to extend their legs up above their head and then go into an acro trick smoothly.  Again, most did cartwheels or front walkovers, but I suppose in theory, there are a lot of cool trick that could come out of those heel stretches.

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As the time was winding down, there was time for one more challenge.  Everyone was to get into position with their back legs extended  and from there go directly and smoothly into a forward roll.  To finish, they were to try to stand up again on the same leg they started on WITHOUT putting their extended leg down again.

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It was really tough to photograph.

I’m sure though, that my difficulty trying to get some good pictures of it didn’t even compare to the difficulty of the trick though.

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It was another great workshop.  Everyone had a lot of fun and learned something to work on for the future.